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Agnes M. Hollister Courtyard dedicated at Thornapple Manor

A garden party at Thornapple Manor, complete with ice cream and cake, was held after a ribbon cutting celebrating the naming of the new "Agnes M. Hollister Memorial Courtyard."

The Hollister family, represented by son David, daughter-in-law Martha and grandson John Hollister were joined by residents, staff and volunteers to commemorate the event.   

 

“Aggie called Thornapple Manor home for many years and was active in the Resident Council and the Helping Hands volunteer group,” said Director of Support Services Lyn Briel. “She loved that her room faced the beautiful West Courtyard, and enjoyed year-round pleasure from her view. Daughter Mary Hollister, who resides in Maine, spearheaded the drive to create a lasting memory of her mother by making a naming donation to Thornapple Manor,” Briel said.

 

"I made this gift to Thornapple Manor both in memory of my mother, Agnes M. Hollister, and as a tribute to the wonderful staff, nurses, nurses aids, and therapists who cared for her during her over fifteen-year stay there. The Manor was her second home,” Mary Hollister said. “My brother David, our families, and I are pleased that this gift will name her favorite place here ‘The Agnes M. Hollister Memorial Courtyard.’

“This courtyard was a place she could see from her room's window and enjoy the birds, flowers, trees and changing seasons and also spend time in during the warmer months. I hope others are encouraged to express their thanks to Thornapple Manor by this gift."

 

“The staff made it easier for us when mom needed extra help,” David Hollister said. “We all felt like we were part of a large extended family and appreciated so much the care and compassion mom experienced here.”

 

“With this gift we are able to provide extra staff development and purchase a few items that can enhance resident care, as directed by the donor,” Thornappple Manor

Administrator Don Haney said. “Aggie was a friend to all of us and by naming this courtyard ‘The Agnes M. Hollister Memorial Courtyard’ her memory, her name, will become a permanent feature here.

 

“We are grateful to receive this gift. Your family could have chosen so many different ways to memorialize your mother, that you chose Thornapple Manor is humbling,” Haney concluded.

 

Thornapple Manor, part of the Barry County community for more than 59 years, specializes in 24-hour, skilled long-term care, specialized dementia care and in-patient rehab services.

 

Photo: Representing the Hollister family during the celebration in the naming of the Agnes M. Hollister Memorial Courtyard are (left to right) Martha, John and David Hollister with Thornapple Manor Administrator Don Haney.

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